Installing SQUID on a Synology NAS

I’m not going to go into exactly why (it’s a minor networking niggle following on from a change in broadband provider) but I wanted a simple HTTP proxy in my lab so that my lab VMs could get out on to the internet. Mostly for installing updates etc. Since my NAS is ideally placed in my network I thought that I’d use that. It’s only a short-term thing anyway. Now in order to get a proxy service on to the NAS, I needed to setup IPKG first. This allowed me to install and configure SQUID as follows: 1. Open an SSH session to the NAS 2. Download and install SQUID [text]ipkg install squid[/text] 3. Perform a couple of configuration commands [text]squid -k parse squid -z ln -s /opt/etc/init.d/S80squid /usr/syno/etc/rc.d/[/text] 4. SQUID can now be started using /opt/etc/init.d/S80squid start Now there […]

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How to install IPKG on a Synology NAS

Sometimes you want to install “community” or third party packages on your Synology NAS and they require IPKG (Itsy Package Management System) to be present. Instruction about how to go about this seem to vary and are often specific for the CPU inside your NAS. The easiest method that I’ve found for getting IPKG installed is as follows… First job is to open an SSH session to the NAS and confirm what type of processor it has. This can be done using the following command: [text]cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep model[/text] For my DS1513+ it returns: [text]model: 54 model name: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU D2701   @ 2.13GHz model: 54 model name: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU D2701   @ 2.13GHz model: 54 model name: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU D2701   @ 2.13GHz model: 54 model name: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU D2701   @ 2.13GHz[/text] Next […]

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Pluralsight launch their first vCAC course

If you’re lucky enough to have a Pluralsight subscription already, then you will already have access to this course. If not, maybe it could be an incentive to get one if you have an interest in vCAC (vCloud Automation Center). Yesterday, online training provider Pluralsight launched their first course aimed at vCAC entitled “Introduction to VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC)“. The course is authored by Brian Tobia, who has produced a number of other courses for Pluralsight as well. As the name of the course suggests, it’s intended as an introduction to vCAC. If you’re at all familiar with vCAC, it’s not the simplest of products to get to grips with. There are a lot of components to it and it’s undergoing a period of intensive development and change at present. That might make you wonder how long this course […]

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Installing Crashplan on ARM based QNAP

The downside of living in the boonies in the UK is that the broadband speeds can be a little on the rubbish side. When I moved to my current house 4 years ago, I knew I’d be giving up good internet for for something a bit lacking. I just didn’t think it would take so long to get something better going. This is yesterday’s speedtest: Since a nice man from BT is due to visit tomorrow to sort me out with that “something better”, I can finally take advantage of some of the cloud offerings that really haven’t been practical until now. Foremost amongst these offerings for me is the ability to backup all of the photos and files that my family and I have created or acquired over the years. They are all stored on a 4-year old QNAP […]

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Improving WordPress Blog Performance

I’ve been neglecting this blog a little bit recently. So far in 2014 really. But it hadn’t escaped my notice that it was running veeerrryyyyyy sssllloooooowwwwwlllllyyyy! Initially I tried just popping CloudFlare in front of it but this site was running so slowly that configuration would fail / timeout each time. In case it should be of any use, here’s what I did to speed it up a little. Step 1: Make a Backup! It’s a fundamental tenet of IT that you backup before you make a change that has the potential to break things and these changes could break things. Make sure that you have backups and you know how to use them. I use a plugin called BackWPup to make daily backups of the database and files to a Dropbox share. One of the slow site symptoms that […]

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